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London Labour and the London Poor Hardcover – November 17, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199566082 ISBN-10: 0199566089 Edition: 1st
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"Henry Mayhew's "London Labour and the London Poor" takes the fascinated and appalled reader deep into the world of the Victorian underclass...It's a book you'll want to keep as well as reread." --The Washington Post


"A smartly presented abridgement...highly welcome." -- Forward


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Henry Mayhew was a journalist, novelist, dramatist, and one of the founding editors of Punch. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and is Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199566089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199566082
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.3 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Noa Vichansky on September 28, 2014
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The book itself is very interesting, but this kindle edition is missing, and lacks many issues that appeared in the original books. Also, it is lacking even compared to "Mayhew's London", which is only a selection of the book, as some topics appear in Mayhew's London, but not here (and did appear in the printed edition).
Full chapters are missing. The original books had chapters about Jewish costers. About prostitutes. Interviews with costers and other people that are simply not there. I thought I bought the entire 4 volumes, and it turned out, that this, too, is a selection.
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By jojo on June 25, 2014
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This book is a real eye opener: Mayhew is a historic gem for realizing that the social events of his time needed to be recorded from the mouths of real people experiencing the reality of EXTREME poverty in 19th century England.
Even if you are "broke" or living paycheck to paycheck, you will feel privileged after seeing how bad those unfortunates really had it. Well written and you feel for their plight but appreciate the resourcefulness and spirit that prevailed. It starts with the more "honorable" class of people --what and how they buy and sell what they can: Hawkers and costermongers, and works to the "Dishonest" layers of-thieves, swindlers, pickpockets, women for hire, animal betting -ratting & robbers. More ways to swindle than you can shake a stick at. From microscopes displays to clowns, sweepers, actors & Punch & Judy. A birds-eye -view map of old London and lots of localities described throughout the book. Apprx 10-11 Nice B&W illustrations from daguerreotypes & photos. Mayhew's descriptions are so keen-- right down to noticing the walnut stains on fingers, and he gives conversations that makes you feel like your are there in the noisy marketplace meeting the people that Mayhew met. It's not a story book so you can jump around or read it cover to cover. Happy to own it. Enjoyed the read and can appreciate more of what I took for granted in my own life because of it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on August 26, 2013
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The Discworld author Terry Pratchett recommended this book and he was correct: it is a great book if you want to know more about the lives of working people during the Victorian Age. The book was compiled, for the most part, from newspaper essays and is an easy read. The explanatory notes at the back are invaluable.
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